Water Newsletter

Why water is so important & facts about water itself

Why Water Is Important (Nolan Soto)

Why is water is important. So let us remind you why water is important. I am not going to keep blabbing about what water is useful for. Instead let’s think of what we use water for. Like the pool, our gardens that (some of us) have, washing your hands (which some of us don’t do), flushing toilets (again, which some of us don’t do), taking showers (you know I not even going to say it again because you get the point), sprinklers (most of us have these), drinking water. And see that is what is what this paper is about. So enjoy but don’t fall asleep I know this paper is long and if you were me I probably lose track of where I am in this paragraph. I just realized this sentence I was just blabbing, sorry.

Water Usage (Ivy Nguyen)

The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day compared to 5 gallons of water the average African family uses each day. In a family of four, approximately 400 gallons of water per day is used. 70 percent of water is used indoors, with the bathrooms being the largest consumer. More than 45 percent of water use happens in the bathroom, with about 27 percent used by toilets. Older toilets can use 3.5, 5, or even up to 7 gallons of water with every flush.“If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down”. Many people are disturbed by this, but why not just flush when necessary?

In an average home, showers are usually the third largest water use after toilets and washers. The amount of water used while taking a shower depends on the flow rate of the showerhead, and how long the shower lasts, but the average shower uses 17.2 gallons and lasts for about 8 minutes. Old shower heads use as much as 4 gallons per minute, whereas new shower heads use about 2-2.5 gallons per minute.

2013 was one of the driest years on record in the state. And January, was the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept about 100 years ago. The drought is making people think twice every time they turn on the tap, despite the little rain. In Sacramento, where half of the homes still don't use water meters, residents use 279 gallons a per day, almost triple the 98 gallons that residents of San Francisco use. Palm Springs, uses about 736 gallons a day per person, five times as much as residents of San Jose and Los Angeles

Tips For Water Conservation (Evan Antonius)

Tip 1: Get low flow toilet bowls that use less water.

Tip 2: Take shorter showers

Tip 3: get turf.

Tip 4: Don't leave the hose running while washing your car.

Tip 5: Check for broken sprinklers.

Water Distribution (Caroline Llamas)